Plant-based Thanksgiving recipes

This week we continue with Thanksgiving recipes that are traditional favorites in my family.  All of these recipes are easily prepared without adding animal protein for seasoning and without losing any of the yummy flavors you would expect from each dish. 

Mashed Potatoes

This is a simple side dish to convert to vegan and still keep everyone happy.  Instead of dairy milk, simply use organic unsweetened soy milk and vegan butter.   So simple, and no flavor loss at all.  

“Chicken” Gravy

Another recipe that is surprisingly simple to make vegan without any loss of flavor is this “chicken” gravy.   Check out the recipe below. It pairs nicely with the mashed potatoes and cornbread stuffing we talked about last week. It also freezes extremely well so it can be made in advance and simply warmed up the day of your meal.  That “make ahead” option adds some simplicity to the Thanksgiving Day meal preparation, and you won’t lose any of the wonderful flavor. 

“Chicken” Gravy

This vegan gravy recipe is easy to prepare and delicious. If you want to keep it gluten free, try making it with a gluten-free flour. I have made it with several different flours, including chickpea flour, and all have worked well.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup white flour

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 tsp Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

  • 1 1/2 Tbs Vegan “Chicken” Seasoning (McKay’s brand is an option, but we make our own)


  • Mix oil and flour until smooth
  • Add water and Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
  • Cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add the “chicken” seasoning. Serve hot.


  • This recipe freezes well so it could be made ahead of time and then warmed up.

“Chicken” Bouillon

McKay’s is a favorite vegan bouillon that is often used by those following a plant-based diet. You can find this seasoning at most local grocery stores. If you want to make your own “chicken” flavor bouillon powder like we do, you can find that recipe in my recent blog article Is Type 2 Diabetes sneaking up on you? The right diet can help you reverse course. We make our own in order to control all the ingredients.

Green Beans

This side dish is so simple to make without animal protein for seasoning and you won’t lose a lick of the delicious flavor.  I usually use fresh green beans for this recipe, but canned or frozen works fine, too. After washing the fresh green beans, I snap them in half and place them in a pot of cool water on the stove. Bring them to a boil. Add salt to taste and a whole onion that has been quartered. After about 30 minutes of cooking, I add another whole onion or two (cut in quarters) as my family loves cooked onions, but that’s optional. Simmer another 30 minutes or until done.  You would of course adjust your cooking times if using canned or frozen green beans.


Another super simple recipe to make without adding any animal protein or sugar is carrots.  I buy a bag of the small organic pre-washed carrots and place them in a steamer pot. Steam them for about 20 minutes or until done. Simple to make, and the natural sweetness of the carrots come out. No one in my family missed the typical brown sugar glazed recipe. 



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Yetta Blair, CFNC, CHCC

Yetta is a certified functional nutrition practitioner, holistic cancer coach and speaker. She studied whole-food, plant-based nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. She is a food driven analyst and works with clients to help them use nutrition principles to solve the root causes of their health symptoms. She knows that functional nutrition is the answer to our current healthcare crisis, both for individuals and for society at large, and wants to inform as many people as she can of the power of food to heal. Her promise to clients - if you eat better, you will feel better.